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Elite SEM Tops Crain’s Latest ‘Best Places to Work’

Here’s how it went down last Friday at Elite SEM, the search engine marketing and optimization firm voted the Best Place to Work in 2013 by Crain’s New York.


CEO Ben Kirshner and the rest of the Philadelphia office staff hopped a train to New York for the company’s annual Northeast Region holiday party. Before everyone but Kirshner headed off to Long Island for some paintball, the CEO shared over 8:30 a.m. bagels and coffee what he might say if Elite SEM nabbed the top spot:

Ben gave us a dry run of an acceptance speech, giving thanks to his wife, Rebecca Kirshner, for all of her support and for allowing him to travel and do all the things he needs to on a weekly basis to help grow and support Elite SEM. The Elite SEM employees gave him a round of applause for the speech and then everyone went on with their day…

Kirshner, after participating in a panel discussion at the Crain’s Friday luncheon event, got to give that speech. On the paintball field meanwhile, the “Elite SEM Veterans” eked out a narrow 3-2 overtime win against the “Elite SEM Rookies.”

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Crain’s New York Editor is Fired

Xana Antunes, the Editor-in-Chief of Crain’s New York, has been fired. Talking Biz News reports that she has been replaced on a temporary basis by Glenn Coleman.

Jill Kaplan, Publisher of Crain’s New York, gave the following statement to Talking Biz:

Rance Crain, owner and editor-in-chief, made the decision he wanted and we needed a change in leadership for a shift in direction for Crain’s New York. We thank Xana for her contributions.

Antunes had been the publication’s editor since 2008.

Skiff E-Reader Set For Debut By End Of Year

skiff.pngToday’s news may be dominated by that other e-reader/netbook hybrid, but another e-reader that we’re looking forward to, the Skiff Reader, has managed to snag at least one headline.

According to this report in Crain’s New York, Skiff is set to unveil its reader by the end of the year:

“As a wireless digital reading device, the Skiff Reader stands out from products such as Amazon’s Kindle, which is optimized for book reading, in its ability to render magazine and newspaper layouts with a look similar to the print brands. It uses multiple columns, photos, familiar-looking type fonts and pagination and has a large display and a touch-screen user interface. The Skiff Reader is due to be available by the end of the year though Sprint’s physical and online stores and Skiff’s online storefront for an as-yet-undisclosed retail price.”

The Skiff Reader may be optimized for periodical reading, and working closely with Hearst — which helped incubate the tech company — will get it access to the magazine publisher’s stable of titles, but how will it fare against other e-readers and the new behemoth, the iPad? Will magazine readers be so enamored with the newest Apple product that by the time the Skiff Reader launches it will go unnoticed? The performance, battery life and price of both products — and iPad’s connection to AT&T while Skiff sticks with Sprint — may play a crucial part in both products’ future.

Another key selling point: Skiff’s reader will be bendy.

Read more: Hearst-backed Skiff e-reader to debut this year

Previously: Hearst Enters E-Reader Market With Skiff

On The Menu: 25% Cuts Predicted At Conde Nast, The Future Of Journalism


Today’s Morning Media Menu podcast opened on a somber note as hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven revealed the conclusion of the months long investigation of McKinsey & Co. into Condé Nast.

According to reports, publishers at the veritable magazine publishing house are being asked to cut their budgets by around 25 percent. “It’s not clear how soon all of this is going to happen,” Jason said. “According to the Crain’s New York article, the cost cutting could begin as early as mid- to late October…but some people won’t have to worry about this until next year. Still, taking a 25 percent budget cut at a magazine is a pretty intense thing. It’s one-fourth of your budget. It’s going to rock a magazine.”

“It sounds like people won’t really know what’s happening until it happens,” Matt added. “I think folks there are pretty trepidatious about what is going to happen.”

Matt and Jason also discussed news that more college students are flocking to journalism programs. But will the salaries they will make after college justify the cost of studying journalism at a pricey college?

Also discussed: the Google book settlement’s set backs and the advantages to the project if it finally goes through. And protesters detained while distributing New York Post parodies in front of the News Corp. building.

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